Road to Abstraction: Paintings 1993 - 2003

Trixie Pitts Book 1-29 1993 Gouache

29 - Book 1 1993 Gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches


I like to believe that I have overcome and moved on the best that I can from my early childhood trauma, but I know that that is why I paint.  It is always there and it is in all my paintings to some extent.  That’s why I could never be satisfied just painting “pretty” pictures.  And, that is why I hate graphically violent ones.  I think anyone can paint a horror for its shock value.  But can they paint it with love and understanding? (Arriving with Baggage/Little Trixie).  From my past comes my strength.  From my past comes my vulnerability.  From my past comes my love and kindness and humor because I know their power. 


I began my painting career as a portrait painter, but I always wanted to “get more feeling” into my paintings.  One day, I just sat down at my art table with some gouache and a nice watercolor paper block and literally forced myself to just start painting without any preconceived idea in my head.  It was terrifying!  I did love it though.  It was also exhilerating!  Suddenly my paintings had real meaning to me. They had feeling.  Above is my 29th piece from my first book.  That was the start of my conversion to abstraction.  I like to think that I never looked back but it has been a gradual process to reach the abstract expressionism that I paint today.

This is a collection of some of my early expressive paintings, early on on my road to abstract expressionism: 

  

Trixie Pitts  Book 1-5 1993 Gouache

Book 1 - 5 1993 gouache on paper  16 x 12 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 2-1 1993 Gouache

Book 2 - 1 1993 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 2-6 1993 Gouache

Book 2 - 6 1993 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 2-7 1993 Gouache

Book 2 - 7 1993 gouache on paper 16 x 12 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 2-11 1993 Gouache

Book 2 - 11 1993 gouache on paper 16 x 12 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 2-12 1993 Gouache

Staying Grounded Book 2 - 12 1993 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 3-6 1993 Gouache

Tracks - Book 3 - 6 1993 gouache on paper 12 x 16 in.



Trixie Pitts Book 3-8 1993 Gouache

Rearview Mirror Book 3 - 8 1993 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 4-3 1993 Gouache

Four Traumas Book 4 - 3 1993 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 4-6 1993 Gouache

Parting Book 4 - 9 1993 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 6-2 1993 Gouache

It Happened One Night Book 6 - 2 1994 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 6-6 1993 Gouache

One Night Book 6 - 6 1994 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 10-8 1993 Gouache

Fire Place Book 10 - 8 1994 gouache on paper 18 x 24 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 8-7 1993 Gouache

Book 8 - 7 1995 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 9-1 1993 Gouache

Book 9 - 1 1995 gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 10-9 1993 Gouache

Book 10 - 9 1994 gouache on paper 24 x 18 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 11-2 1993 Gouache

Boca Raton Book 11 - 2 1994 gouache on paper 24 x 18 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 11-4 1993 Gouache

Book 11 - 4 1994 gouache on paper 24 x 18 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 11-6 1993 Gouache

Book 11 - 6 1994 gouache on paper 18 x 24 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 13-1 1995 Gouache

Book 13 - 1 1995 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 16-4 1995 Gouache

Book 16 - 4 1995 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 16-9 1995 Gouache

Book 16 - 9 1995 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 17-4 1996 Gouache

Book 17 - 4 1996 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 17-11 1996 Gouache

Book 17 - 11 1996 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 17-121993 Gouache

Book 17 - 12 1996 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 18-2 1993 Gouache

Book 18 - 2 1996 gouache on paper 24 x 18 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 18-9 1993 Gouache

Book 18 - 10 1996 gouache on paper 24 x 18 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 19-2 1993 Gouache

Book 19 - 1 1996 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 22-1 1993 Gouache

Book 22 - 1  2002 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 22-2 1993 Gouache

Book 22 - 2  2002 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 22-3 1993 Gouache

Book 22 - 3  2002 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 22-4 1993 Gouache

Book 22 - 4  2002 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 22-5 1993 Gouache

Book 22 - 5  2002 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 22-9 1993 Gouache

Book 22 - 9 2002 gouache on paper 12 x 9 inches



Trixie Pitts Book 18-10 1993 Gouache

Green Book Book 18 - 10 2003 gouache on paper 24 x 18 inches






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